UBC Library eResources: Service Bulletins

Web of Science: New Look! Problems to Watch

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:35 pm by irobb

Web of Science has changed its look. It also has some new functionality that you can read about here.

But it also has limits on the browsers that it supports. Please read the System Requirements. Firefox 4 and Internet Explorer 9 are not listed at this time. Please use only a supported browser & browser version.

As well, just to clarify, while EndNote is an option in Web of Science,  UBC Library supports RefWorks as a Reference/Citation Manager. You can get more information on UBC’s support for RefWorks HERE.

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Times of India Archive: Now on Trial!

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:35 pm by irobb

On The Bombay Screens This Week; Action & Thrills In Metro’s Canadian Melodrama ‘River’s End’” -The Times of India 25 Jul 1941

Read the movie review -and more- in the Times of India Historical Newspaper trial. Trial on till August 20, 2011.

The world’s most widely circulated English daily newspaper was founded in 1838 to serve British residents of West India. Today this historical newspaper serves researchers interested in studying colonialism and post-colonialism, British and world history, class and gender issues, international relations, comparative religion, international economics, terrorism, and more.” –ProQuest

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Chrome Browser: Not Supported By EBSCOhost Databases

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:35 pm by irobb

The Chrome browser from Google may be growing in popularity, but many vendors still only support the old standbys: Internet Explorer & Firefox (with some Safari).

EBSCOHost databases, for example, do not support Chrome. You can read their thoughts here. Basically, the .pdfs will not open up in the EBSCO built-in .pdf reader.

Rather than trying dubious work-arounds to get Chrome to work with EBSCOhost databases, please just use IE or Firefox.

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World eBook Fair: Free eBooks Till August 4th.

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:35 pm by irobb

World eBook Fair: July 4th to August 4th 2011. Download Your Selections from (6,500,000+ PDF eBooks) Six Million eBooks Titles.

So says the World eBook Fair website. They also say…

The collections include light and heavy reading materials, more reference books, scientific items, etc., and about 50,000 music entries in addition to the 12,000 that debuted last year. Please note that The Internet Archive and Project Gutenberg are also presenting a number of items in other media; music, movies and artwork, even dance choreography, are included.

As the format is .pdf, downloading and reading should be fairly simple as long as you have a .pdf reader, like Adobe.

After August 4th. a private membership fee is required if you want to continue downloading ebooks from World Public Library. UBC Library does not subscribe to World Public Library, but we do have ongoing access to Project Gutenberg and Internet Archive ebooks.

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Taylor & Francis / Informaworld: Migration Problems

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:35 pm by irobb

*NEW UPDATE* EZproxy is working. All access problems should be solved now.*

Many ejournals formerly on Informaworld are moving to a new Taylor & Francis platform. Unfortunately, there has been a glitch (well, two):

1) Some URLs are not working (this should be fixed after July 6th)

2) Some articles that we should have access to are asking UBC patrons to pay.

We hope to get the second problem sorted soon, but no time line at present. Stay tuned.

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ejournal Portal Changes: “Online Only” Option now Available

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:35 pm by irobb

**UPDATE** Some people are not seeing the changes. Clear the Cache & Cookies from your Browser(s). This should correct the problem.

The ejournal Portal (our ejournal A-Z list) has changed.

Starting Friday, June 2nd, there will be an “Online Only” option. This will return hypertext links leading directly to ejournals.

To search for Print journals and ejournals (not to mention microforms of journals), use the “Print and Online” option. This will search our Catalogue and allow you to see which print issues we have. Records that say  [electronic resource] will also take you to ejournals via the orange “Online Access” button.

So, if looking for journals:

  1. go to the ejournal Portal
  2. select the option you want
  3. enter the journal title
  4. …and Search!
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Problems Using Summon, Citation Linker or ejournal Portal? Send us a PURL

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:35 pm by irobb

You already know that if you run into an access problem with a Library resource, you can use the blue “Access Problems?” button (when available) or just use the eResources Help Form to report the problem.

But to help paint a clearer picture of the problem, you can also cut & paste the URL from your browser when using the ejournal Portal (the ejournal A-Z list), Citation Linker (360 Link) or Summon. Any URL that begins or is a Permanent URL (PURL).

By sending a PURL along, we can see the same screen you saw. Neat, huh?

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Internet Explorer 9: Problems with Some Library Resources

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:35 pm by irobb

Microsoft pushing you to upgrading to Internet Explorer 9? Resist!

Several of our Library e-Resources are not working with IE 9 (Web of Science, for example). This is commonly a problem with the latest version of browsers; the publishers/vendors/platforms just don’t upgrade themselves right away.

We do not have a list of resources that will/won’t work with IE9. So, if possible, just hold off for a while. All platforms comply with Microsoft’s changes eventually.

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Engineering Village (Compendex): Site Down

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:35 pm by irobb

**Engineering Village is back**

The Engineering Village site is down.

As this is a long weekend in the U.S., it may take a while to come back. Contact Science & Engineering for alternate resources.

Stay tuned for updates.

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AskAway: Now Embedded in EbscoHOST Databases

Posted on November 2, 2011 @1:35 pm by irobb

Looking around in “Academic Search Complete” or some other EbscoHOST database and suddenly need the help of a Librarian? Well, now you can get it.

At the search result level within EbscoHOST databases (or at the article level, if you are browsing a journal), an AskAway box will pop up on the right.

Don’t know what “AskAway” is? Read about it here.

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